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September Spotlight on Elena Fisher
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Spotlight on Elena Fisher

Elena Fisher is a family nurse practitioner from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She currently works at the New Mexico Veterans Health Administration in gastroenterology. She started her career in critical care nursing after graduating from the University of New Mexico. In 2007, she received a Masters in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).

Elena started working in gastroenterology by happenstance. UCSF had an opening in gastroenterology so Elena applied for the position, learning from a supportive group of providers. This began her focus on care of patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Eventually she returned home to New Mexico to be closer to her family where her hobbies include biking, running, hiking, skiing, cooking, baking and playing with her five year old.

Elena says that what she likes most about her job is “stomping out disease!” and her patients at the Veterans Hospital are grateful. She’s a member of the American Gastroenterological Association, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, Woman In IBD Task Force, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American of College of Nurse Practitioner and Sigma Theta Tau. Her goals include obtaining her doctorate and working to advance nursing care through research and development of clinical expertise with standardized training. She would also like to advance public health and wellness through local action committees and board membership.

If Elena could say one thing to her younger self it would be, “Be confident in what you know and don’t know. Ask questions and don’t be afraid to voice your opinion no matter whose company you are in.” Elena relates her two best moments ever as a nurse practitioner. The first was seeing her pregnant patient with inflammatory bowel disease come back to the clinic with her newborn. She was feeling well after years of battle her disease. The second moment was recognizing a patient who was suicidal and helping him get the same day mental health help he needed. We are so grateful to have Elena as part of our healthcare community where she represents nurse practitioners at the Veterans Administration and in our broader community. Thank you, Elena!


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